Tasting Rome Gift Package Giveaway

by Kristina Gill

To celebrate the launch of on Tuesday, March 29, Design*Droits-Humains is hosting a giveaway! If you read Wednesday’s Behind the Scenes post, you saw that Kristina used several of ‘s designs for props in the book. What you may not know is that Kristina also used their cutting boards while she developed recipes for the book, too!

So we have put together two packages for two winners which contain the following: a signed copy of Tasting Rome, a medium Andrea Brugi handmade cutting board, a set of ten 5×5 inch note cards with envelopes depicting images from the book, and a full set of goodies from all three phases of the Tasting Rome . All we can tell you about the pre-order goodies is that the first phase includes three 8×10 inch prints from the book! You will have to visit the on March 29 to find out about Phase 2.

To win one of the Tasting Rome packages, just leave a comment below telling us what you love most about Roman or Italian cooking — or a funny story about your own adventures in Italian cooking. xo, grace


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  • Looking forward to checking out this cookbook and would love to win one of the packages! It looks beautiful. My favorite thing about Italian cooking is that it encourages me to work with fresh, simple ingredients, often using them in ways I never have before.

  • We went on a family vacation to Tuscany back in 2006 to celebrate my brother’s coming back in one piece from Iraq. We did a cooking class in Siena, which was amazing, and ate ourselves into a coma at a magical restaurant called La Astronave. So when I think of Italian cooking, I think of my family, and how much the food and culture lends itself to sitting at a table with food and wine for hours laughing until you cry.

  • I visited Rome for the first time in November and I was blown away by the simplicity of the food but how amazing everything tasted. From the simple pizzas I ate while strolling the streets (butternut squash with gorgonzola and sage was my favorite) to the simple dishes I had for dinner, for the first time I understood, less is more.

  • i love the sense of communal eating when it comes to italian cooking – growing up we’d all have sunday dinner at my aunt’s house which was always homemade spaghetti with homemade tomato sauce and we never knew who would show up – it was always open to whoever wanted to drop by for dinner that night and i just loved it. .

  • I spent 6 months last year living in Rome, and I think my favorite part about cooking there was not having a freezer. The availability of fresh ingredients within blocks of my apartment renders a freezer useless, and I think you would be hard pressed to find one in any Italian home. Honorable mention for favorite food memory goes to the hostess at the little trattoria around the corner who treats everyone like family, as long as you cleaned your plate!

  • Loveliest meal was in outdoor cafe in a piazza in Florence, warm October day, waiter singing a little opera and laughing, shooing away pigeons. I was reading a Herald-Tribune book review and sipping wine and looked up with the surprising thought, “This is my life!”

  • From block to block, there are traditions and stories to be savored. A passion for capturing them makes for a delicious collection.

  • Italian food is not only beautiful to look at but also very healthy and economical way to cook. For someone who has never traveled to Italy, this book takes you there!

  • I love Italian Food. I lived in Italy for 5 months a few years ago and fell in love with the culture, food, and wine!

  • (if you accept foreign participants, then I’m in !) what I love most in italian cooking is panna cotta !! yummy !

  • I made an attempt at Italian cooking earlier this week, only to learn that roasting halved eggplant kind of becomes a deflated and sad state of affairs without the stuffing! The guidance of a cookbook would definitely be a huge helper when it comes to kitchen adventures involving Italian food. :)

  • It’s all the best of homemade comfort food: simple ingredients amd complex flavours. Heartwarmingly delicious!

  • I love that the food reflects the loving and gentle spirit of Italy. I remember not knowing what we wanted and the proprietor of Stephanos near the Vatican bringing us a plate of the most perfect carbonara to share. He seasoned and emulsified the little dish of olive oil and balsamic with his lips pursed just like by mama used to fix things for me. <3 I'll never forget.

  • The simplicity of the food – so few ingredients cooked so simply that taste so amazing! But the best is the leisurely experience in restaurant..take as much time as you want! We visited Rome for the first time 4 years ago and are going back in three weeks time ready to get our fill of food and wine! Cannot wait!!

  • I am a huge fan of Italian cooking because so many recipes are defined by the most irresistible ingredients…like garlic and cheese :)

  • Italians, the country and the food have always been dear to me. Five years ago, I was in Rome mourning my Abuela-she died six months prior. I was sitting in a cafe in the Jewish ghetto and these three little ladies came to sit with me. Through my broken Italian, and their gentleness we moved through conversation the better part of the day. They held my hand, encouraged me, and told me how lovely I was. When we said “goodbye” with several kisses and warm embraces I was thankful for the grandmotherly love they showed me when I was missing mine so.

  • Hi Grace,

    this package is GORGEOUS! i grew up thinking/expereiencing “Italian food” as red sauce from a can, kraft parm cheese and noodles. Therefore, i thought i wasnt a fan of “Itslian food”. As an adult, getting into the food and wine world, and visiting such restaurants as A16 in San Francisco and Frasca in Boulder opened me up to all the delicious, fresh glory that Italian regional cooking can be and i was hooked (not to mention the incredible wines – an Italian pinot noir i had was life-changing). Would love to explore this stunning book! So fun. thanks much for the opportunity to share!

  • Probably too many hours of my day are spent daydreaming about Italy and Italian cooking already but … Torta di ricotta, with bits of dark chocolate. Rosette rolls. Pizza Bianca eaten on the run. Cacio e Pepe. Carbonara. All the cheeses. Artichokes any/every way…I can’t wait to see this book in person!

  • When I studied abroad in Rome, I fell in love with all things Italian, especially the classic dish of prosciutto and melon. All the meals there are so simple yet fresh and satisfying – I couldn’t get enough of it!

    • My husband and I spent a week in Rome last Easter. We ate our way through the city and enjoyed every single meal, but one lunch still makes my mouth water. A tiny shop/ restaurant, ham hanging from the ceiling, and our barely there table sitting next to the most glorious cheese selection. The bowl of cacio e pepe will always be in my dreams. I will always hope to recreate it, but until then I can dream about that deliciousness.

  • I love the colours and smells that fill our home when we prepare Italian food. It always brings me great comfort and it usually comes along with the sound of shared laughter and familiar banter. It has no pretenses, no attempts to impress. Pour me a glass of red wine to go with it all and you ll have one very happy lady.

  • I love carbonara! I haven’t found any recipe that compares to the real deal. Can’t wait to check this book out.

  • That day when I was so excited for fried squash blossoms in Rome and discovered anchovies inside! (I still liked them.)

  • On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese…
    I lost my poor meatball, when somebody sneezed. It rolled off the table and on to the floor!!! And then my poor meatball rolled out the front door :( :( :( (hehe)

  • I can’t afford a trip to Italy, but last summer I got a weekend taste in Toronto. I had the best pizza of my life at an authentic Neopolitan pizza place called Pizzeria Libretto followed by a visit to the Pompeii exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum. Pizza, good wine, fried gnocchi=heaven.

  • Can’t wait to check out this book! Some of my memories with food were when I was in Rome visiting and I often try and recreate some of the amazing dishes I had when I was there. Plus, I am a sucker for anything with Artichokes and when I was in Rome, I made it my mission to have some with every meal!

  • Rome holds a special place for me… I fell in love there, got engaged there, and honeymooned there. I always search out this one sandwich shop that has the best bread, sort of like a focaccia. It’ll never be in a tourist book, it’s not anything special, but it embodies so much of what I love about Italy, that the best places are the random, family-run restaurants that are found everywhere. Italians take so much pride in their food that outside of the beaten path, great food is found and enjoyed everywhere.

  • I spent four months living in Rome back in 2012 and it changed my life forever. I grew to admire the relationship that Italians had to their food. It’s more than the source of the ingredients or the proportions or the presentation of the food. Italian food is like an outward expression of the soul of the farmers and cooks. I still close my eyes and transport myself to the streets of Trastevere and the Prati, coming across smells and sights I’ve never seen and haven’t since. I would love to have this cookbook to bring that back to life! Thanks!

  • The best Italian food I’ve ever had was in Germany, but that’s as close as I’ve ever been to Italy. So if it gets better than that I’d better start planning my trip now! Thanks for the book, it’s nice to now we can attempt some of the tastes from home.

  • My family is from a little town outside of Naples… Immigrated around 1912 to a tiny town in Minnesota called Mountain Iron. It was as if their little town in Italy plopped right into the US. No one spoke English, traditions, and the food made it all the way over. And the recipes have traveled down the family line right into my hands. I love Italy and all the delicious things that go with it. I can’t imagine that my versions are anywhere close to the originals… But I’ll certainly keep trying.

  • I love how diverse Italian cuisine can be- robust, hearty, fresh and light. While I have never had the opportunity to travel to Italy, cooking from a variety of recipes gives me an idea of the history, culture, and atmosphere of the different Italian regions.

  • I love that Italian cooking is about the gathering of fresh ingredients, the gathering of passionate participants in preparation in the kitchen and then finally the gathering of family and friends. The process is an experience that embodies the rich, flavourful, traditional and love in the taste of dishes and is such a part of it.

  • I love any dish “alla romana”, especially artichokes (well, maybe not tripe!). Thanks for the chance to win this book! My SO and I are trying to plan a trip to Rome to celebrate his 60rh b’day!

  • I love all of the crazy family stories behind the food. There’s something about Italian food that when you make it, it attracts everyone to the table!

  • What I love most about Italian cooking: Low-fat is not an option. Bring on the rich flavors, fresh cream, Parmesan and pasta!

  • The robust flavors and delightful variety of combinations a person can make with pasta, vegetables, cheese, and meats is what I like about Italian food. The only thing that would make this book better is if it came with fresh tomatoes and ingredients from Italy. Their tomatoes are so fresh and flavorful compared to what I find in the States.

  • I live in India, I hope I am still eligible. It’s pretty hard to get very authentic Italian that isn’t Indianised in some way, so I have been reading a lot and cooking at home. After ages of trying, I have finally arrived at the right pizza dough recipe. I love that Italian food is all about communal eating, and the fact that the flavours come together so beautifully and are so complex yet so simple. Would love to have this book and expand my Italian cooking skills! X

  • I have recently become obsessed with making pasta, and thus, eating pasta. This food has a magical quality-like good poetry-that is hard to deny.

  • A while back I had read that adding a panade (breadcrumbs and milk) to meatballs would make them super tender and juicy. Someone even suggested that using plain yogurt was even better than milk, so I decided to give that a shot. I went and got ground veal, pork, and beef… I was really determined to do it right. My girlfriend and I even busted out the pasta maker to make our own spaghetti. Spent way too much time and money on these meatballs, but was ready for them to be the best meatballs I’d ever made.

    When it was finally time to take a bite, they were by far the most disgusting meatballs I had ever sunk my teeth into. They were sweet? They were sweet. We couldn’t understand it, until we took a look at the yogurt container and noticed it was vanilla yogurt… packed full of sugar. Not the plain yogurt I thought I had grabbed. What a waste of time…

  • I love the connection Roman cooking has to family. True of all cultures really, but I feel it’s that much stronger in Italian cooking – the family method passed on from elder to grandchild.

    Plus it’s tasty as hell :)

    • Bella Book! I will be going to Rome next week on business so I hope I can win and compare the Rome experience to this beautiful cook book!!!

  • I love Roman pizza best. I remember a wonderful place in Trastevere – Pizzeria Ai Marmi – that served a delicious pizza with porcini and proscuitto. I was there late one night with my Italian then-boyfriend and it was to die for. We had such fun driving around Rome in the wee hours. Another night, he took me to a tiny hill-top Etruscan village called Ceri that was breathtaking. Fun memories!

  • Italy is my second home. Being married to an Italian has given me access to the best, and longest, meals of my life. In the home of a friend or family member, great food tastes even better!

  • I just love the simplicity of Rome’s “cucina povera” – and how a simple, minimal ingredient recipe like Cacio e Pepe can turn into the most increble dish once you master la cremina …

    And to this day, with the first twist of the fork, Cacio e Pepe instantly takes me back to wandering the back alleys of Monti and Testacccio – oh, the happy food memories of my favorite city!

  • I still dream about what I ate in Rome and it’s been years since I was there. The beautiful, rich simplicity of the dishes lets the quality of the ingredients and the care taken in preparation shine — and Roman pizza cannot be beat! This cookbook looks fabulous.

  • I miss cool days, crisp nights & the crystalline light of Rome. I miss walking through the city and smelling each amazing food, also the lady that made homemade pasta with a different filling every day. Rome completely stole my heart.

  • I love the authenticity that surrounds Italian cooking. It’s such a complete experience bringing together simple yet incredible ingredients, craft that has a deep history and it’s meant to be shared with those around you. It’s not just food, it’s where it came from, who put the work in and who you’re surrounded by while experiencing it.

  • I love the variety of Italian cooking. From the richest pasta to the lightest cannoli you can have it all. I would love to be able to cook my way through this cookbook!

  • I went to Italy for three weeks this winter, and spent the largest chunk in Rome. For part of it, I volunteered at the Rome Sustainable Food Project, and on one of the days, I learned about cacio e pepe. Italian food is truly so simple, but that simplicity often means that technique is more important than we realize. Cacio e pepe is only pasta, pasta water, pecorino, and lots of cracked black pepper, and the timing and amounts of each must be exact, otherwise it won’t work. Many people “cheat” by adding oil or butter, but this dish is a great example of the Italian finesse for letting ingredients shine.

  • How each ingredient is treated with respect for its natural qualities, texture, flavor, is prepped carefully, and prepared with simple techniques that suit it. And, of course, pizza bianca from Il Fornaio by Campo dei Fiori, I have the best memories there! Can’t wait to get a copy of this!

  • My late, dear friend Kaila learned to cook in Italy when she was just 16. She taught me how to make garlic bread by rubbing the cloves onto the bread that had been drizzled with olive oil and gently toasted. Each time I make garlic bread, I feel like she is with me.

  • My favorite part of cooking Italian food is including interesting herbs and spices and fresh veggies.

  • One of my favorite things about Italy is the emphasis on family with food. I really enjoyed that eating a meal in Italy was really about savoring the flavors and enjoying time with family and friends. (rather than just eating on the go or for substance) While studying abroad in Italy one of my favorite memories was when my upstairs neighbor invited me up to have some colomba di pasqua. She did not speak a lick of English, and my Italian wasn’t very good-yet we talked for hours while eating this traditional easter cake. It was magical and really special.

  • My wife and I went to Rome for the first time for Easter 8 yrs ago and still dream about the food every time we have Italian food. We love Rome so much we named our soon Roman and his favorite dish is Carbonara!

  • I have never been to Italy, but I have always been a fan of their work..pasta is a weakness of mine. This past year when I finally got my kitchen aid mi bowl I decided to get the pasta press / noodle extensions… It was a disaster. All I can say is that I need to lable my salt and sugar more accurately.

  • I love the authentic nature of Italian cuisine, recipes handed down from generation to generation being slightly modified overtime, and using fresh clean ingredients. The best!

  • I would not be able to survive without tomato sauce, garlic, pasta, parmesan cheese, gelato… and well any Italian food :)

  • Before 9/11, my whole family went to Italy. 13 people ages 2-76. My dad: Honey, I’ve been to Italy (pronounced it-lee) and you can’t drink the water. (He was stationed there after the war.) I told him it had changed. He loved it. He tried to speak EYE-talian, by thanking waiters with “garcia.” Putting him, my mom and my aunt into a taxi at the Vatican and telling the driver to go to Trevi Fountain (the rest of us walked, but too far for them), I’ll never forget their terrified faces in the back window as they pulled away. They arrived fine. My nephew, then 4, later saw the Coliseum on TV and thought it was my house (good kid!). We loved the food, and had cooking lessons in mime, since the villa owners didn’t speak English and we didn’t speak Italian. My brothers discovered grappa. Molto bene.

  • I spent a week in Venice when I was studying abroad in college. In the mornings I would wander through the maze of narrow alleyways and side streets with little agenda, just getting to know the city and area around the hostel I stayed in. In the afternoons, I would go to the waterfront at the Lido and dip my toes in the water while eating gelato, or explore the many pavilions of the Biennale. My favorite evening was spent with friends from my college back in the States – we were invited into the home of my classmate’s Italian teacher. Her mother prepared a four course meal for us, and watched as we ate the different pastas and fruit macedonia. Though we relied on our friend to translate our praise, we all smiled broadly and nodded enthusiastically throughout the meal to communicate our satisfaction in silence. It was one of the quietest conversations I have had while traveling, yet one that I will remember fondly for a long time.

  • Best thing about Italian food is the simple, natural use of ingredients, and the getting people around the table atmosphere that we can create by.

  • I love the cheeses, pizza with great crusts, homemade pasta dishes and of course the desserts!! What is not to love?!!

  • I’ve struggled with Italian food my whole life, but I’m dating a guy who lived in Italy for a few years and he is slowly revealing the incredible world of authentic Italian food to me. My favorite thing so far is the way the Ragu tastes after it’s been cooking for a few hours. Also I never knew how much olive oil you must use (crazy!!) but it really makes all the difference!

    Oh and home made Ricotta cheese… Life changing…

  • I love frsh italian pasta- that is my favorite thing about Italian cooking… The texture and flavor of fresh pasta in my mouth after I’ve cooked the meal :)

  • My family went to Italy on a shoestring, with really very little knowledge of what to do or expect. One of our greatest surprises was stumbling into what appeared to be a college hang out pizza shop on a corner. What started out as a desire to just grab a quick bite turned into joking around and sharing stories with the wait staff over wine and thoughtfully crafted pizza. I’ve tried to recreate the pizza topping combos we had there back here in the states, carefully growing my own squash blossoms to pair with salty sardines and fresh herbs. It doesn’t always seem to add up to what we had, but it doesn’t matter. It makes our memories there feel that much more surreal.

  • I love the rich history of the ingredients in Italian cooking and how they transcend through time, and families. I love how food brings people together, with love and laughter.

  • Making cacio e pepe is always a gateway back to memories of Rome. Can’t think of a more perfect dish. I add a handful of arugula to compliment the pepper.

  • I have moved around a lot in my life, so having a garden has been hard. The first time I was able to get a garden going, it was in a tiny little patch of grass between my apartment and the neighbor. I planted squash to make fried squash blossoms and barely had any actual squash that year!

  • I’m going to Rome for the first time in May with my boyfriend and he’s obsessed with Cacio e Pepe from a past trip. We even tried our own version at home and failed massively! I think the simplicity of the foods is what I’m into most and Nutella. I thank Italy for that. :)

  • Like many have already mentioned, the food in Italy is amazingly fresh and simple… The cooking methods do take a bit of practice, however! While studying in Florence, I remember sitting in my host mamma’s dinky kitchen in her apartment, learning how to weigh the almond flour for her famous apple and yogurt cake, precisely how often to stir the risotto (the result was so creamy you you have sworn there was cream, but it was just broth!) and the way she refused to use her brand new oven and cooked everything from a roast chicken to a cake in her toaster oven! She was in her late 60’s but never failed to lug her shopping bags filled with fresh vegetables and bread up to the 7th floor every day after walking the city. The sights and sounds of the city center and outskirts of Florence and Rome, the seafood being brought into the restaurants in Cinque Terre and the cave-like stone grottos where my parents and I found ourselves dining in and around Siena were enchanting… Memories grounded by the food, wine, fellowship and those lingering meals.

  • What I love most about Italian cooking is its simplicity and the fresh ingredients! When I lived in Rome during college, I couldn’t believe how many fresh and local products were available to me year round, and just how easy it was to pull together authentic dishes like carbonara, cacio e Pepe and delicious gnocchi. So good!

  • I studied architecture for about a year in Roma 25 years ago. I still remember the flavors and aromas today. I most miss Pizza Pantheon (potato pizza), Insalata Ricca, gelaterias , genuine cappuccino, and fresh cornetti still warm from the bakery oven. My current favorite cookbook is The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Italian. I would love to enjoy more authentic tastes of Roma in my kitchen at home.

  • Ah! I love Italian cooking. I’ve got strong Italian heritage, but unfortunately, we only have a few family recipes since my great-grandmother’s recipes were rarely written down.

  • The Italians treat cooking as a craft, and it shows in the quality of their food. Not to mention, wonderful spices, olive oils, and fresh ingredients are all of my favorite things (and all things Italian).

  • There is nothing more amazing than the rustic simplicity of Roman food. There is an old world comfort, mixed with timeless flavors that bring fresh excitement to it for each new generation of my family.❤️

  • My favorite part about visiting Rome was absolutely the food and all the vibrant colors of the city. Trying new dishes that I had never heard of before and visiting small restaurants each day made me appreciate the love and passion they have for their craft. Being a designer, I collected menus from many restaurants so that I could draw inspiration from them later on. I wish I could go back and taste it all over again!

  • The best thing about Italian food is how wholesome it is, such good flavour with often very few ingredients. My best is proper genuine Italian good always makes me think of a proper genuine Italian grandmother while I’m eating it. Lots of love in a good Italian dish.

  • Oh goodness I need this cookbook! My nana is 100% Italian and guess what, she doesn’t like anything with flavor. Growing up she would bring jello to family dinners. No joke. And hot dogs are her favorite food alongside Dairy Queen blizzards. My sweet mom is an amazing cook, but we all feel so sad we didn’t get any Italian cooking heritage passed on to us from my nana. I love cooking and eating so much!

  • I grew up in Brooklyn watching the Grand Master Lidia Bastianich on TV. We religiously took notes and paid attention to every word. As a child how could I possibly fathom the magnitude of what I was watching? Cooking classes! And they were free! And they were for cooking the most authentic Italian food in the world! By one of the most influential, skilled Italian chefs to date! It was then that a strong attraction to Italian food began to develop. I promised myself I wouldn’t rest until i knew how to cook a proper Risotto. And I since have! Last year I had the privilege of meeting her in person. I met her in person. What a truly wonderful person. Italian food is so reflective of Italian family values, and I have deep respect for Italian culture because of that. Having this book on my shelf right next to “Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cooking” would be a dream. Thank you.

  • I traveled to Rome last summer and cannot forget how much my tastebuds miss the food. The ingredients were all so fresh and beautifully combined to form delicious dishes. I fell in love with the tastes and I wish to go back one day soon.

  • My favorite thing about Italian cooking is that it reminds me of trip to Italy with my sister over 10 years ago now. In 2 weeks we went from Florence to Rome to Sicily and back, stopping all sorts of places in between and eating. Always eating! It was the first time I traveled without our parents and truly learned what it meant to embrace another culture, history and cuisine. Now Italian food has become a comfort food that I will never forget!

  • I love the simple complexity of Roman foods. Fresh ingredients, economy of waste (I’m thinking suppli), and hearty and delicate flavors that stick with you. As a student in Rome I lived like a pauper but ate like a queen because of the care, attention and pride that went into the food.

  • What I love about Roman cooking is that they’ve been making these delicious igngredients using the same techniques for so many, many generations. It’s a simple connection to the city’s great history.

  • My husband has been to Rome twice and raved about the food each time. I’ll finally get to go this summer and so look forward to it, especially the cheese and meat!

  • Enjoying Sunday dinners with my Italian grandparents when I was young will always have a place in my heart. Homegrown vegetables and simple ingredients produced the most amazing meals!

  • I love the communal aspect – eating in Italy isn’t a solitary pursuit. You linger and chat and eat too much and drink too much and make too many friends while you’re eating. I dream of going back and living in Rome most nights.

  • While studying abroad in Bologna (the ‘fat city’), I reveled in all of the pasta and Bolognese specialties the city had to offer, learning to make tiny tortellini and tiramisu from nonna-tested recipes. One day, my roommate wanted to cook a traditional dinner to thank her tutor for his help. All of us living in our little apartment had an amazing day preparing the feast together, while I constantly teased, over her protests, that this was a meal to win over the tutor for more than just studying! Lo and behold, they’ve been together ever since, and I was honored to be invited to their wedding in Rome a decade later. Exploring that wonderful city with the wedding party and my old friends was another fond memory of Italy I’ll never forget.

  • I’ve always loved the simplicity + few ingredients – it made meals so easy when we were in Italy, and we were feeding a family of 6! We also learned that making fresh pasta was always the right decision.

  • I love how it’s more than just the food, but enjoying the whole eating experience with those you love. It’s the traditions and pride that makes Italian food so good.

  • I love the simplicity of Roman (and Italian in general) cuisine. Simple quality ingredients prepared with love transformed into something beautiful and so delicious.

  • Anything with anchoives, squash blossoms or artichokes and I’m in heaven. I was in Rome this last summer and spent days hunting down the best carciofi alla giudea. Take me back!

  • I love how shamelessly rich Roman foods are! Forget fat-free – the more cream and cheese the better. I felt so indulgent at every meal!

  • Nearly twenty years ago, I did a study abroad in Florence. The food was simple, delicious, satisfying – just incredible. Yet somehow after all these years, I have never owned an Italian cook book. That just seems wrong. Hope to change that in the immediate future!

  • I love that Italian cooking is an experience laced with tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. I also love that there is a always a great glass of wine to be paired with just about every dish;)

  • I absolutely love the quality of the ingredients in Rome. Fresh produce, fresh dairy products… everything tastes ridiculously fresh and good.

  • Italian coking rocks for it’s seasonal freshness and simplicity, which translates into a complex taste that truly makes ones’ taste buds sing.

  • Rome has the best of foods and the worst of foods if you do not know where to eat. Pre-Internet, young and armed only with a travel guide of suggestions I have had eaten my worst meals in all of Italy in the Eternal City caught in some tourist trap near the Spanish steps. The best of Roman food is when find the perfect carbonara. Silky strands of spaghetti entwined around your fork for the most luxurious bite of pasta. Or the perfect Roman pizza with the thinnest crust and sweet acidity from the tomato sauce served on the ugliest of tables al fresco. These are the best taste memories that bring me back to Rome again and again.

  • I enjoyed Shabbat dinners when I lived in Italy. All the fresh veggies cooked so many different ways… and of course espresso as a post meal delight! La vita Italiana e bella!

  • I just went to Rome for the first time this December! I read about the forno on Campo de’ Fiori while researching for our trip (probably on Katie Parla’s blog – super resource!) My husband ended up loving it so much that we made a last minute stop before the airport, so that he could bring a kilo of bread with him as a carry-on!

  • I moved to Napa Valley in 1994 and the Italian food and culture is prevalent here. I married an Italian and am embracing the relationship of simple combinations of fresh, bright, satisfying flavors that are at the core of Italian food. I am a lover of cookbooks and love to use them for inspiration and this one would be a very treasured volume.

  • My first memory of ever going to a restaurant was when I was 7, when my newly immigrant mom took me with her to attend – an English as a second language – graduating class dinner. I was shy, and had never experienced any cuisine outside of what my mother had always prepared for us; it was so foreign and exotic to me. I looked at the menu, barely able to read it or understand what I was looking at, just stared at it. My mother’s teacher happened to sit next to me, seeing the the confusion and frighten expression offered an antidote and a suggestion for me. When the waitress came, I ordered the “pits-getty and meat balls” as if I had been a restaurant diner for years. When it came, this glorious pile of noodle dripping with red sauce and two baseball sized meatballs sat on top, my eyes grew with anticipation as the waitress placed it in front of me., I have never seen such a platter. I looked for the chopsticks, there was none. The teacher leaned over and whispered, ” I like to twirl my fork,” and I followed his lead. I twirled my fork in the pits-getty and instinctively knew how much to gather on my fork, and tasted this delicious, tangy, savoury and herby delight for the first time.

  • I love Roman artichokes, so simple and so good! I also love Katie Parla, when I was in Rome 3 years ago I used her blog as a guide to the city. Roman food is possibly my favorite, I can’t wait to get her book! Rome is also my favorite city in the world, I could go back over and over again….

  • Italian cooking for me is very close to the one from my country of origin, Montenegro. It’s simple, it celebrates ingredients, it tells you the history, it respects tradition, it represents all the best moments of your life, it reconnects you with your childhood, warms you up like a home and being with family. Nothing can beat that.

  • I’ve traveled to Italy on 3 occasions, and each time I fall in love with the country all over again.
    What I love most about Italian cooking is the sense of ‘place’ and ‘history’ which the food exudes, be it Tuscany, Sicily, liguria, Rome….
    The food is simple, the ingredients local, the feeling is comfort, all made with pride in the local culinary traditions.
    And, the wine – don’t even get me started on this topic…

  • Um, what is there not to love about Italian cooking? The emphasis on simple, fresh ingredients, the flavors, the colors, the smells, everything! You guys, everything.

  • The thing I love about Italian cooking is its simplicity. A few fresh, high quality ingredients prepared in a way that showcases just how delicious they are. My favorite Italian cooking adventure is learning to make Risotto Milanese from the family I was staying with in Pessano con Bornago, just outside Milan. This prize perfectly encapsulates two of my favorite things: Italy and cooking!!

  • I’ve never been to Rome but, I dream of it. When I see the pictures of the tomatoes with their vibrant reds, I just want to reach through the page and squeeze them gently while their juices ooze and their aroma makes me swoon. Then I’m transformed and somehow wind up in the picture in that kitchen making the best sauce of my life.

  • I love the focus and emphasis that Italian cooking places on fresh, quality ingredients. Delicious every time without being complicated!

  • I really can’t cook that well at all! The most Italian thing I’ve ever successfully made is probably spaghetti.
    Now I’ve had some weird spaghetti before. My mother once made it with deer meatballs instead of beef and it was definitely a surprising taste. She also once put chicken into the spaghetti. I’m more of a taste-tester than a cook, but I hope getting a Taste of Rome will change the game for me.

  • I lOVE HOW rOMANS TAUGHT ME TO SAY “ROMA” IN PERFECT iTALIAN, IT SOUNDS SO DELICIOUS AND HAPPY!And the Italian Food is always my favorite, of course.

  • I just came back from Rome yesterday! It was my first trip to the stunning Italian capital and I especially loved the food! They cook so simple and delicious, it is incredible! I can just recommend the traditional restaurant “La Taverna dei Quaranta” – me and my bf really enjoyed our dinner there sitting under the green leaves. :)

  • My family went on several vacations to Italy while we lived in Germany, and I loved the food! That has been several years now, I’m recently married and just starting to explore cooking and baking more complicated foods. My friends and I have started a “Homemakers anonymous” group where we meet once a month to teach each other a new food or “craft” (like paper flowers). My friend taught us last month how to make authentic Italian lasagna (She learned from her husband who lived there a couple of years). So good! I mean really good stuff! We have also learned to make gnocchi and I would love to dive into more! Looks like a great cookbook and the cutting board is gorgeous.

  • When I spent four months in Rome during college, I ended up eating and cooking with things I’d never used before. When we saw romanesco for the first time, we were delighted by the way the florets formed a pattern and started referring to it as “fractal”. I still (accidentally) refer to it that way sometimes!

  • What i love about roman and italian cooking comes from my mother and my partner. My mother has always made home made noodles and as a kid i was amazed by this and would watch her. Later in life i met my partner, and one of the first things i learned about him was how important Italian food was to him. He’d make these simple yet incredible dishes and we’d finally end up making noodles together! His love of this food comes from a roman restaurnt that is his favorite of all time from his home city of Richmond va. he took me there when we went to visit his family and we spent hours being fed this mind blowing food. (Edos is the restaurant). anyway, we cook together, and this food means something to us.

  • I am inspired every time we visit Italy by how a small handful of fresh ingredients can make a mouthwatering banquet!

  • My mom always makes the best Italian dishes. I’m always amazed at how she never needs to measure or check a recipe, it’s whatever tastes right. We always had garlic and onion in the fridge and used it whenever we found an opportunity.

  • I didn’t have much experience cooking Italian food until I met my husband whose half Italian which is his dominant half. He has some traditional recipes and some he’s learned from his NY college buddies. We enjoy cooking together and creating our own spin on some.

  • I love the use of fresh, seasonal ingredients to make something so much more than the individual components!

  • Of course I love pizza, pasta, and bread, however I would love a more genuine taste of Italian cooking. In the fall I’ll be taking an Italian course and would love to experience Tasting Rome to go along with the class. I’ve also read great reviews of the photography included in the book (Art major). I’m very excited to see this book when it comes out and hopefully one day have the opportunity to visit Rome for myself!

  • I love cooking Roman recipes for my homesick Roman husband. Unfortunately this non-Italian speaking American only has Google Translate and the recipes of his mother, which are those of someone who hasn’t required a cookbook ever. “Cook enough”, “add the odors”, “add the right amount” …. ? Please help a lady out!

  • In addition to the simple ingredients, I love the family feel of Italian food – many of the restaurants we’ve visited in Rome are family style and of course we love making pasta with our girls. And the gelato is pretty much to die for too!

  • I have no memories more lovely than sharing meals with dear people in Rome. The unimaginable delight of the first bites–thinking, YES, this is what food is actually supposed to be!

  • I love listening to the storytelling that surrounds Italian food; a cook talking about their time at an Italian school of gastronomy learning about mushrooms; a tazi driver speeding along the Amalfi coast telling me that he’s eaten pasta twice a day, every single day of his life since he can remember; the time I was tutted at for asking a Firenze chef how to cook a ragu (“I wouldn’t know because I’m not from Bologna!”). So many stories, so much passion and love for Italian food.

  • I love the simplicity and beauty of Roman pizza – my sister and I spent 4 drizzly days in Rome over a Thanksgiving break and it’s one of my most cherished memories, ancient ruins amidst a vibrant and bustling city full of great art and food!

  • Anchovies, pasta, and cheese are the three highlights of italian cuisine for me. Italians take the best ingredients, prepared in a simple, unfussy way, and make masterpieces.

  • I love the simplicity of Roman food. My husband and I went to Rome on our honeymoon at the end of 2014 and fell in love with cacio e pepe which we have tried to find at many restaurants here in New York but have never found any as good as the one we had our first night in Rome. Once we found it on a menu at a restaurant in Brooklyn and showed up to the restaurant to find that it had permanently closed! We had to laugh.

    I’ve only tried making it once and it came out pretty bad, but am detirmened to make it again and again until I can perfect it!

  • The bread! I love Italian bread…it’s so simple and rustic and is the perfect compliment to any Italian meal.

  • A friend of mine met the love of her life in Italy and they’ve travelled together through a dozen countries since. The pair recently got married and we have a running competition to see who can make an Italian meal that transports them back to their fortuitous beginning. What I love about Italian food is the emotion and vibrancy that it carries: the ability of good, fresh ingredients, homemade elements, and slow cooking to bring you right back to the Mediterranean sun and soul.

  • My husband, Edoardo, is Roman, however we reside in the States. I’m currently 4 months pregnant and having all sorts of cravings for Roman cuisine. Just one mention of the word ‘suppli’ and my mouth begins to water… don’t even think of saying the words ‘pizza bianca romana con la porchetta’ around me!… So, Edoardo recently returned to Rome for work and instead of bringing me a gift such as Italian shoes, he brought me back a little bag of pizzette and suppli that he’d bought right before leaving Rome. They didn’t last long but they were the best gift ever!!

  • I love the gorgeous flavors and colors of the fresh ingredients. My favorite days in Rome were spent strolling to Campo de Fiori to see the the farmer’s market…eating a panino on the steps, dreaming about more food. When I left to come home, I bought an Italian cookbook. I’ve had some home cooking adventures trying to translate the recipes all these years later.

    • We’ve been lucky enough to sit in Campo de Fiori several times over the years. It’s a great spot for lunch and cocktails. It’s one of my favorite little squares to relax between all the walking.
      We were there again last November.

  • My husband and I got married in Italy and spent the first 3 years of our marriage there. One of our most favorite places to visit is Rome. We loved going to the Jewish quarter to enjoy some carciofi alla giudea with a glass of vino rosso. Roma has this special atmosphere that you can’t find anywhere else!

  • What I love most about Italian cooking is the simplicity of the ingredients. Just a few simple high quality ingredients make for a flavour party in your mouth. Oh, and buffalo mozzarella. That’s the bomb x

    • Buffalo mozzarella! YES! We were in Italy for a few weeks last Autumn. On that trip we spent our time mostly on the Amalfi Coast and Sicily with a stop over in Campania where Buffalo mozz originates. If you ever get a chance have buffalo yogurt you must. DIED!

  • I could comment here with all sorts of romantic notions about wandering through markets, sniffing out fresh ingredients, or cooking for enjoyment with music playing and a glass of wine at the ready. But let’s be honest – the best part of Italian cooking is eating it.

  • I love Italian cooking that uses simple, fresh ingredients. I love the smells coming from my kitchen when cooking some of my favorite Italian dishes, so simple, and so delicious! Like Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

  • My daughter and I went to Rome in September last year to celebrate her 21st Birthday, we stayed in Trastevere and every night was a delight, wandering the cobbled streets, sampling the various menus from different trattorias. The more ‘back street’ the better! The family vibe mixed with the Romans absolute love of food was an intoxicating mixture.
    A gentle stroll home with a different flavour gelato to try each night was a routine we were very quick to embrace!

  • Love all the flavors, delicious cheeses, and the spirit of La Dolce Vita during mealtime! When I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, we ate gelato every day!

  • More of a Venetian fan – cicchetti, zaletti! But then, I haven’t made it to Roma, yet… Time to make (cooking) plans!

  • Italian cooking is where I come from. As an italian living abroad, and as someone who live life through flavors and senses, whenever I can have a grasp on those culinary gems I suddenly feel at home. And here we come to what’s best in italian cooking and what makes it so loved: it’s open to everybody, no matter what your skills are. You just need to really care about good quality ingredients, choose them with passion, and you can recreate that world at home wherever you are and whoever you are.

  • Classic Italian cooking is always a delight: a manipulation of the freshest ingredients for maximum flavor.
    The cuisine is meant to be shared and brings joy to the heart as well as the taste buds. It brings people together.
    My favorite is carpaccio with just a splash of fine olive oil, some capers and cracked black pepper. I’ve had this in many places and it always evokes the essence of Italian food.

  • Love Rome! Takes me back to our wondeful honeymoon 2 years ago with my husband pretending he was Italian!

  • I love the ingenuity of Roman cooking- the ability to change something undesirable (let’s say, tail) into something that is so good and soul-fulfilling that you go back for seconds. On the other hand, it can be so simple (fave e pecorino) but so perfectly respecting of seasons that you can’t imagine a more flavorful meal.

  • Italian food or cooking sets the perfect time to a perfect gathering. There’s something special about it…the whole process of cooking with a kitchen full of loved ones, laughter, conversations and divine aromas. Little tastes here and there and a culmination of all that goodness as everyone sits down for a meal together. More conversation, memories, joy, tears and wine- and before you know it, it’s midnight and everyone is yawning. Italian food seems to make times like this come alive- the flavor, the wine, the smell of fresh basil and tomato and herbs and garlic and bread… It doesn’t get better. xo

  • I love how Italian cooking isn’t just about feeding the body, but it incorporates beauty and slowing down and community into the experience

  • Italian food is my soul food. I’ll always remember my grandmothers slaving over the stove to feed our family feasts- whether it was homemade pizza, crabs and spaghetti (my personal favorite), polenta, or sweets like struffoli, it was always delicious, simple and made from the heart. Italian cooking is about family, love, and cooking with simple fresh ingredients. What could be better?

  • I spent a summer semester living with a great group of fellow students in Trastevere. Living in an apartment was wonderful; we cooked a lot of our meals and made coffee the Italian way. We decided on wines by finding which of the cheaper bottles was almost gone. One night I decided to make my own tomato sauce, so I boiled the tomatoes and decided to skin them right out of the pot: yowza! I still don’t know the proper way to make tomato sauce but it tasted good that night because we were in Rome ?

  • I love the colours of italian food and ingredients. They reflect everyday life in all parts of italy. The seasons, the smiles, the marble streets, the nationalism, the sea, the terrain, the rich and generous people, the complexity and simplicity, the history.
    Viva Italia!

  • My husbands Nonna is a lovely Italian lady who is an amazing chef! We’ve been fortunate to be given so many lovely recipes and tips by her and she has recently just made us a blanket for our first child due in three weeks! One family favourite that comes out at Easter are these sugar doughnuts which she makes from scratch and without doubt a whole batch are polished off by everyone in one sitting. This looks like a fab book! Salut! Xx

  • I married into a big Italian family. My mother-in-law gave me a cookbook that her grandmother wrote in the 1920s and that the family’s been re-publishing for decades. They used to sell it at the Italian Heritage Festival in Clarksburg, WV each year, but now it’s only given to family members, so it’s really a right of passage to receive the spiral bound treasured recipes. Alongside the timeless recipes are mementos of handwritten recipe cards, photos of Mama Campolio in the kitchen, childhood memories, and funny family stories. The recipes range from homemade wine to Easter bread, and fried celery to octopus. All of them are titled in Italian with the English translation beneath. The sentimentality and deliciousness of this heirloom cannot be fully expressed!

  • What a wonderful book! My love and I are getting married in September and we are going to Italy for our honeymoon! We really would love to cook some of the meals in our italian appartement. We travel to Italy nearly every year and started to collect Cooking Books so it would be fantastic to win this book-happy eating everybody and happy Easter by the way!

  • I lived in Rome for 4 months and my favorite meals were the lunches we had at a place in the neighborhood we lovingly referred to as “narrow pizza” because the shop had a counter with pizza by the slice and about two feet wide standing space and people would pour out the doors waiting to get in. 9 years later and I still have dreams about the potato Rosemary pizza there. Sigh. I’ve tried to recreate it at home but to no avail.

  • What I love most about Italian food is it has soul! It has goodness! We were in Tuscany last September, we were staying on a small farm, the people were very humble. The lady of the house cooked us traditional Tuscan food, small tasty dishes filled with love, love of her craft and pride in the local ingredients. Accompanied by many bottles of local wine. In the morning we felt great! Not a hint of a hangover! This is because the grapes are handpicked- so rare these days – and everything made and produced with love. A warm hearted Roman I once met on another trip proudly said to me ‘Roma is the city of love. ‘Roma’ spelt backwards is ‘Amor’, si!’ Italian food, Roman food, it is filled with love! That’s what makes it special!

  • Is there anything more delightful than eating pasta served out of a wheel of cheese? I think not. Which is why cacio e pepe is what I love most about Roman cooking. So simple, yet so satisfying.

  • Viva la Roma and it’s juicy August figs. Even though August looks like a ghost town in Rome, I enjoyed speaking to the few Romans who were not away on holiday and asking them where I can taste a prized purple fico. I can still taste the burst of vibrant flavors of Rome if I close my eyes.

  • I love the heart with which Italian food is made in the home. My neighbour cooks food for the block regularly and it’s spectacular- baked ziti, spumoni, arancini – all of it feels like family when mine is far away!

  • My first trip abroad was to Rome with my family. It parents first trip abroad as well. As we walked off the plane, my mother grabbed my father’s arm and said ” lets beat the kids off the plane so we can say we were here first.”….then 5 mintues later my sister and i walked off the plane. We gave them a few mintues to enjoy the moment.

  • Italian food is my favourite cuisine. Many years ago I bought a pasta roller for my Dad so we could all enjoy fresh pasta. Little did we know that our dog also loved pasta so as soon as we hung the tagliatelle to dry, our dog would snaffle it. She was a very naughty dog.

  • What a treat! Italian cooking changed our family; something to do with not quite enough nutmeg in my alfredo sauce! The outcome was that both of our sons have learned how to be excellent cooks and that I’m the lucky beneficiary of my husband’s wonderful meals every evening. Never enough Italian food!

  • Rome has been at the top of my travel list for quite some time for the food experience alone. I have always loved Italian recipes (the bread, the cheese, the pasta, oh my!) but have never ventured into the kitchen to make a traditional dish on my own. I’d be honored to receive this beautiful cookbook to help me on my journey to mastering the art of cooking.

  • The only time I have been in Rome was for my brother’s wedding. The ceremony was in an ancient church just within the city, the reception was in a beautiful house on the Via Appia Antica. We all crammed into a tent for an amazing dinner finishing up with an Italian wedding cake, a table sized fruit tart.
    Definitely the way to celebrate with family friends and delicious food

  • I love Italy and the Italian approach to cooking. My first trip to Italy in 2009 taught me that a great pasta dinner was easy. No hunting all over town for special ingredients. What’s in your fridge? Great! Add those leftover veggies, olive oil, and garlic. Top with fresh herbs and grated Parmesan. Voila (pardon my French) you have dinner!

  • Like so many I love Rome… I love the pizza bianca, carciofi alla romana, the gelato but more so I love the simplicity of the dishes great Roman food is about fresh, quality ingredients.

  • I love Italian food and have visited Italy a number of times to savour the flavours of Italian food. Last year when I visited Rome, I decided to take a cooking class with Chef Federico Alessandro in Trastevere – I am hooked and wish I have great authentic Italian recipes I can cook myself. I will be thrilled to get a copy of your cookbook! Bellissima! Grazie mille!

  • My love of Italian cooking really developed during my semester abroad in Italy. The smells and tastes of the market in my Roman neighborhood are memories that I hope will never leave me. *fingers crossed*

  • I essentially lived off these and pizza for 2 semesters, so delicious! And food is (of course) ever present in my Roman memories. Just seeing that fried zucchini flower actually made me tear up. Fabulous book!

  • What’s not to love? The amazing ingredients ands mix of flavors, but what I love most, is the love and care that goes in to cooking. My nonna would be in the kitchen all day cooking everything from scratch, and on Sundays the whole family got involved. It became an event that really made the meal more special, and as my dad is convinced, taste better. Sadly she passed when I was very young and I never learned to cook, or have a true appreciation for the art, from her. I’m trying, though.

  • I studied abroad in Rome in the late 90’s and it completely shaped my view of food and the rituals around food. I love that some dishes are super simplistic and requires a few ingredients and no cooking, while other favors can only be created with many ingredients cooked slowly and lovingly. I also have fond memories of walking across Rome in the middle of the night to go to a bakery that only opened after 2am.

  • My favorite place to eat in Rome was a super small family restaurant called ‘da Enzo’. They served the simplest more delightful homemade tortellini with tomato sauce I have ever tasted and the worst red wine.

  • I really love ritual and tradition, but I value improvisation as well. Whether I’m making variations to a slow cooked sauce or flash frying mascarpone and sardine filled zucchini flowers, I always get the feeling that somewhere, in one region of Italy or another, this dish is really meaningful in the nostalgia of the common Italian, as food is so central to the bonding and social time of family and village life. In those moments, I feel like part of a bigger family.

  • Love the italian kitchen because this way of cooking always makes me happy. Get a holiday feeling. Love the seasonal way. And I love Italy.

  • What I love most about Italian cooking is not so much the actual process, but what happens when you sit down to the table. I hosted an Italian exchange student a number of years ago. He has become my son. He recently visited with his wife, her parents and his mother. I made a simple seafood pasta for dinner. We sat down to eat, everyonenwas so happy. The conversation was warm, and the evening was magical.

  • I was introduced to the wonderful world of Italian food by my good friend’s mom, Rose. I was fourteen at the time and still treasure memories of her eggplant and other savory dishes.

  • I love all things about Italian cooking. The seasoning of the food to taste, the pastas used. The white lasagna is the best. I visited Rome and had white lasagna and it melted in my mouth. Sauces, spices, pasta and love is what it’s all about.

  • The simplicity of Italian cooking makes it even more marvellous with its delicious flavour combinations. Basil and tomatoes are a match made in heaven!

  • 15 years ago, Italy was my first out of USA trip at age 30! Since then, my love for the simple depth of Italian cooking has been a source of comfort and inspiration. The smells of the ingredients soothe and the joy of sharing it’s goodness.

  • Eating in Italy was such a revelation to me. In Canada we make a big to do of eating local. In Italy there’s no other way. The amazing flavor of simply prepared fresh ingredients that haven’t spent most of their lifespan on a truck just can’t be beat.

  • I love Italian cooking because it just tastes like home. As the granddoughter of an Italian expat, I’ve known the simpler dishes of this cuisine.

  • I love Italian cooking because not only is it quite delectable, but it’s about love, family, home, warmth and most of all fun. I’m a collector of autographed cookbooks and would love to add this one to my growing collection. The cookbook seems most extraordinary!

  • Seasonality and regionality is what I love most about Italian cooking. Cooks use what they have only when it is available to create amazing dishes. You may have to wait until spring for fresh favas, but isn’t that a wonderful reward for winter?

  • Traveling in Europe alone as a twenty-something I was taught by a friend’s aunt in Florence to make celery risotto. She made me make it over and over until I had it just right. Thirty years later it remains my very favorite thing to make. I stand at the stove and think about her tiny little kitchen and the stool she sat on watching me stir.

  • What I love most about Italian cooking is how connected it makes me feel to my dad and grandmother. Some of my favorite memories from my childhood, are about the Italian baking my grandmother did at Christmas and Easter.

  • I love how earthy and simple it is. It is sensual and delicious. When I was in Italy, I felt as though I had the most delicious and simple meals that I have ever had in my life. I would go back again just to eat!

  • Italian cooking was such a wonderful part of my childhood. I have so many great memories of making pasta from scratch with my mom growing up.

  • Once when on a month long stay in Italy, my girlfriends and I had settled into life in Atrani, a small seaside village. We made many friends, our favourites though, were the old suntanned blokes who insisted on catching fresh fish and sea urchins for us. They prepared the most amazing lunch for us in our little bright and cheery ‘ceramica’ kitchen. It was washed down with homemade limoncello. Such wonderful memories.

  • Above all else, Italian cooking says two things to me, comfort food and family. It’s all about simple fresh ingredients and bringing people together to share life’s journey over food.

  • Italian cooking – can be the simplest or most complicated thing, but it always makes you feel at home. And it allows you to magic up a dinner with only a few seemingly too-ordinary ingredients. Not to mention that I’ve never come across a person who doesn’t like Italian food, regardless of where they are from.

  • I love Italian cooking because it inspires the best food conversations. I love watching my friend’s eyes get sparkly and hear her energy go up when she talks about her favorite dishes.

  • I have never been to Rome but love their food. My son always tell “mom you really have to Rome.” I know he is right and someday I will. The book looks wonderful.

  • I love the way Italians treat eating. In Rome the best things are the thick slices of street pizza and 10€ happy hour eating.

  • I lived in Italy for about 6 months and one of the first things I did was find a local place that made olive oil. For the first month I lived off of this olive oil that you could drink from the bottle and freshly made rustic bread. (And wine of course.) I loved all the fresh ingredients and the 2 hour lunches and try to incorporate these two things into my life as often as possible!

  • I love Italy, especially Siracusa and Levanto. The fresh seafood, the hospitality and conviviality draw me in and the food never disappoints. It has so much to do with the Italian attitude towards life. I can never get enough!

  • I loved eating the food in Rome. It’s so much better than cooking it yourself. My parents took me overseas for several years in my teens and Rome was one of the favorites. Playing the copycat is always fun, but I know in my heart I always fall short.

  • I love the simplicity of Italian cooking! Less is more. It really forces me to use the best ingredients! Reggiano parmesan blew my mind. Growing up we used the green shaker of cheese? Or is it wood? We never had fresh garlic or olive oil either. I can’t imagine life without these things now. The respect of a vine ripe tomato makes me grow my own. Those you can buy in the store are tasteless. I have yet to travel to Italy, I just put my son through college. I’ll just open a bottle of Sangiovese and dream : )

  • I love the passion with which Italian cooks explain the ingredients and flavours of each dish they present you with. I also love finding out how true their words are as I savour each bite.

  • I love how earthy and simple it is. It is sensual and delicious. When I was in Italy, I felt as though I had the most delicious and simple meals that I have ever had in my life. I would go back again just to eat!

  • I will never forget the amazing locally made prosciutto we had almost every day while we were visiting Italy. I still have daydreams about it!

  • I love how simple tastes combine to make incredible meals – one of the best things I’ve ever eaten was a simple appetiser of burrata, mozzerella, cherry tomatoes and olive oil..

  • I love the taste of Italy. I try to make Italian meal often. Let me dream come true to explore more about their food and culture

  • My husband and I visited Rome during the sweltering summer of 2005. Much to the surprise of everyone we met there, we spent the entire 10 days of our vacation in Rome, and we couldn’t have been happier. To fend off the heat, we ate crazy amounts of gelato and lemon grattachecca (a ridiculously delicious concoction worth the 20-minute line-ups!). We were budget travelling and bought most of our food at veggie and fruit stalls. What a delight it was to have fresh apricots and luscious tomatoes to munch on during our adventures through the city. On our last day in Rome, we visited the Jewish quarter. We chose the restaurant that seemed to have the largest number of wildly gesticulating octagenarian italians. We chose wisely, and we still talk about the endless plates of perfectly fried crispy yet tender artichokes that we ate there that night. Perfection!

  • Unfortunately I know nothing about Roman or Italian cooking, (although Nigella Lawson’s Nigelissima was one of my favorite shows, and cookbooks ;) ) but it’s a cuisine I would love to learn more about, so I will definitely be checking out Kristina’s book!

  • Italian food is made from the freshest ingredients and although sometimes complex, it’s never complicated. Love those suppli!!!

  • For years I’ve kept my eyes peeled for fresh squash blossoms, hoping to recreate the deep fried ones I tasted in Rome, but to no avail. On a recent trip to Milan, however, I had a borderline euphoric moment when I came across some fresh squash blossoms in a market. I was determined to get them back with me, on my soon departing flight. I wrapped them gingerly in various layers of paper and set them delicately in my purse, relying mostly on prayer to get them back safely. After many hours of travel and several agricultural laws broken, those dainty little blossoms finally made it home with me. The squash blossoms by this point were a bit, well, squashed, but I dredged them in flour and watched them sizzle, finally biting into that lovely little flower. They may not have had the stateliness of those made by a professional (i.e. someone who actually knows how to fry things) but after all they’d been through, I’ll be darned if those weren’t the best fried flowers ever tasted.

  • I love the dedication in Italian cooking to using fresh things in a way that brings out their best flavor – it can either be incredibly simple or complex, but the goal always seems to be to rely on the ingredients and creativity rather than dogmatic recipes.

    One of my best Roman memories is eating risotto balls on the street in the Jewish quarter during my study abroad with my best friend. I was pretty convinced that there was no way to find risotto balls that would ever taste like that again – but my boyfriend cooked dinner recently, and I was surprised by the arrival of a small plate of risotto balls that tasted exactly like Italy. I had to yell at him for doing it when my best friend wasn’t there to eat them with me. :)

  • I love the flavors and freshness of Italian cooking. My friend and I arrived late in Venice, and we wandered around until we found a restaurant that was still serving dinner. We had pasta with olive oil infused with hot peppers, beautifully and simply presented. It was delicious.

  • I love the pride associated with Roman cooking. The recipes appear simple, but every family has their version and will fight to prove that their sauce is the best sauce of all.

  • Roman cooking is one of my favorite cuisines. I love the simplicity of the food and the quality ingredients — somehow the tastiest dishes come from the most humble of beginnings.

  • I never really knew Italian cooking until I lived in Italy during my senior year of college. The Italians have so many interesting ways of cooking vegetables… and I really got into the fried artichokes in Rome. I love the quality and simplicity of the food. Living in a new place, you learn so much by just eating :) Amazingly enough, I’ll be going back to Rome for graduate study (art) this September – 10 years later! This giveaway would really put me in the right mood for my upcoming adventure!

  • The cover of Kristina Gill’s book brought me right back to my childhood. One of the many delicious treats my Italian-born grandmother made was fried zucchini blossoms. On bright summer mornings, she and I would go out into her garden to collect the flowers. Then I would “help” her make the batter for them for that night’s dinner. She was always patient with her little student cook and her food was always heavenly.

  • I visited Italy some years ago and was struck by how simple and tasty the food is! Whether we ate at a restaurant or from a street stand, the food was fresh, local, and delicious. I was inspired to recreate that taste in my kitchen but, alas, I think another trip to Italy is required!

  • I equate Italian cooking (and eating) with Love. With Italian cooking all of your senses are engaged.

  • My favorite memory of Italian food was living in Philly – being able to go into any grocery store and get fresh mozzarella, made right in the store.. I ate arugula, tomato and mozzarella salads pretty much every day for 3 months.

  • When I visit Rome I like to rent an apartment so I can make my own food. The first thing I do when I arrive is find the local grocery store. Not the wonderful fresh food markets but the actual grocery store. It’s so different from the US (they don’t refrigerate the eggs!!!), I pick up a bunch of essentials and then I wander the streets of whatever neighborhood I am staying at visiting little stores, chatting with the proprietors in my mangled Italian, getting some cheese one place, fresh bread another, maybe some of those stuffed red peppers or tiny artichoke hearts. And then I bring it all back to the apartment and prepare a huge plate of antipasta. Later I will head to my friends garden at the Beehive for an aperitif and sit beneath their banyan tree as the evening descends.

  • I love the elemental nature of Roman food…. the plate comes without any seeming bells or whistles, but it is the most sublime dining which ensues. Cannot wait to have my own copy of Tasting Rome!!

  • When it comes to Italian cooking, I love the fact that it is steeped in tradition. Every family has their own way of doing things and believe it truly is the ultimate way!

  • Where to begin? I love zucchini flowers on Roman pizza and pizza bianca for breakfast. Cacio e Pepe always tastes best in Rome. Amatriciana sauce is another favorite. I look forward to revisiting Rome through this book and the beautiful photos.

  • What I love most about Italian cooking is that it reminds me of my family and where I grew up. I come from a large, extended, Chicago Italian family. I moved away from Chicago after college and have just about lived away as long as I lived there. When I am feeling homesick and I can’t go see them, I cook and eat Italian food to remind myself that they are not so far away after all.

  • I LOVE traditional Italian food. I love the memories it evokes of my grandmother and spending so much time in the kitchen with her.

  • While visiting Rome with a guy friend and my parents, we found a hole-in-the-wall restaurant by our hotel and had no idea what to order. The waiter recommended a traditional Roman dish called cacio e pepe. Holy crikey. We ordered at least one of these with every meal for the rest of the trip. I’ve tried making it at home multiple times, and my mom has too! Nothing will compare to their fresh made pasta and expertise. We’re not stopping our endeavor to make the perfect batch though :)

  • So let’s talk about my relationship with pasta. Unfortunately, I must first admit my love affair with pasta has seen more rendezvous on Canadian soil than Italian and has been tenderly cooked & seasoned in more kitchen rental apartments than professional kitchens with culinary masters. It’s often made from simple ingredients and sometimes been a vehicle to use up those unbeautiful vegetables accidentally forgotten about in my fridge. Our relationship is usually rocky approaching swimsuit season, steadfast during rough workweeks and if I’m being 100% honest, sometimes a renewal of faith in my culinary ability when winning over a perspective lover’s stomach. Recently, pasta has become my personal trainer…wait I should clarify; pasta making has become my personal trainer. Hand cranking pasta dough is a workout! But I have been swept off my feet sculpting tortellini, stuffing & cutting ravioli and lengthening my entire upper body to create wonderfully long linguine. It’s been a new and challenging step in my relationship with pasta but one that has ultimately been rewarding. I look forward to toning my arms mastering the pasta dishes in Tasting Rome! lol

  • What I love most about Italian cooking…. the simple dishes with minimal ingredients where olive oil and tomatoes shine, the charred crust on brick oven pizza, the browned spots on melted cheese. Need I go on?!….

  • I love that traditional Italian cooking is so focused on freshness and being true to the taste of real food. Olive oil and carbs don’t hurt either ;)

  • My interpretation of Italian cooking: an excuse to overindulge in using garlic in everything. And in hefty amounts. Bring mints.

  • Italian cooking evokes unforgettable memories. The smell, presentation and taste of an authentic italian dish not only warm the soul, but transport you to a back-alley in Rome, the crisp breeze off a Venetian harbor, or the seductive perfume of Tuscany’s vineyards.

  • Italian food has got to be my favorite, after living in Rome for a semester I fell in love with the simple way of cooking with fresh ingredients. Cooking with fresh ingredients means that you don’t need 50+ ingredients to make something taste delicious!

  • I recently returned to the U.S. after living in Rome for two years. My favorite part of Roman food is the lack of pretension. Simple ingredients prepared honestly. The idea that food is important, but important because it is the foundation of relationships, the people you share the food with, the restaurant full of other diners, the small storekeepers selling cheese, meats, bread. Anyone can make this food — and yet, somehow it is always just a bit better eaten in a small trattoria in Testaccio with a few good friends and a good Lazio red!

  • Everything tastes better in Roma! My favorite thing about living here is fresh pasta, amazing pizza crust, and slowly stewed tomato dishes. Wow! Oh, and you can pretty much have a drink any time of day without a sideways glance. Can’t wait to buy this cook book!

  • What I love most about Italian cooking is it’s simplicity. Years ago we visited a friend who lived in the Trastevere neighborhood – we sat at his dining table, grapes overflowing from the fruit bowl, crusty bread waiting to be broken open, tall windows open to the street. Then, lovely plates of pasta with pink cream sauce appeared before us! A memory for all the senses and one I carry with me of the perfect meal in Roma!

  • Italian cooking is so tasty, balanced and different from north to south. After living one year in north Italy I,ve learned the art of cooking a risotto. In South where i spent three months I could appreciate the flavours from nature and the richness of the sea.

    I really love Italy, its food and slow cooking.

  • I spent some time in Italy in college, and let’s just say this: I was tiny and skinny when I left home and have never been since! Ha! Definitely ignited a passion for beautiful ingredients cooked simply.

  • So much I love about Roman and Italian cooking – the simplicity, the focus on flavors and quality ingredients. And, I’m transported back to our honeymoon in Rome and Sardinia nearly a decade ago…

  • I love the use of anchovies as a secret umami weapon–so perfect in abbacchio alla cacciatora, a mouthwatering Roman dish of braised baby lamb.

  • I love everything about Italian cooking – especially the use of fresh seasonal ingredients. The produce, olive oil, wine etc. all combine to make food that is simply divine. Looking forward to checking out the pasta recipes in this new cookbook!

  • I love learning the basics of an Italian recipe, and then improvising on it endlessly. For the last few months, I have been making variations on cacio e pepe at least twice a week, and I never, ever get bored with it!

  • The quality of ingredients in true Italian cooking is amazing. They know how to evoke the best flavors out of each component.

  • What I love most about Italian cooking is it’s simplicity. Years ago we visited a friend who lived in the Trastevere neighborhood – we sat at his dining table, grapes overflowing from the fruit bowl, crusty bread waiting to be broken open, tall windows open to the street. Then, lovely plates of pasta with pink cream sauce appeared before us! A memory for all the senses and one I carry with me of the perfect meal in Roma!

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